Media Theory

Head: o. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.phil. Gabriele Jutz

Against the background of a long historical experience with previously 'new' media such as photography, film, television or video, the Department of Media Theory casts a fresh look at current media developments and locates them historically. By focusing on the socio-technological conditions of media, the department exists as an arena of research, reflection and pursuit for students, academics, and artists.
The Professorship of Film and Media Theory (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gabriele Jutz) focuses on the dynamic and expanding field of “moving image-based art,” from experimental film, experimental animation and hybrid forms (moving images combined with painting, photography, performance, sculpture, etc.) to “artists’ moving images” in a gallery or museum. This also includes sound studies (image/sound relations) in audiovisual practices anchored in artistic contexts.
Complementary, the focus of the Professorship of Media Theory and History (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Clemens Apprich) lies in the relationship between analog and digital cultures, as well as the critical reflection of algorithmic and data-based systems. This includes research on the epistemological, social, and technical analysis of media technologies, asking how they are organising digital cultures, what role they play in the transformation of democratic societies, and to what extent they can be explained by the latest push in computation, in particular with regards to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The Department of Media Theory seeks to actively contribute to creating a non-discriminatory working environment and learning atmosphere that enables critical and heterogeneous research and teaching of the highest quality.


raised ground floor
Georg‐Coch‐Platz 2 or Rosenbursenstraße 3
A-1010 Wien
Regina Koroschetz
Tel: +43-1-71133-3551